Regulation

CO2 from new cars in Europe 38% worse than promised, study says

Sept. 29, 2014 18:06 CET
European cars probably discharged 38 percent more CO2 on real-world roads last year than their ratings promised, a transportation lobby group said. That means more fuel, costing the average consumer an extra 450 euros a year....
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Toyota to recall 690,000 Tacomas in U.S. to fix suspension

1:12 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Toyota said it would recall about 690,00 Tacoma 4X4 and Tacoma pre-runner pickup trucks in the U.S. to fix issues with the vehicles' rear suspension system....
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Chrysler SUVs, pickups and minivans subject of safety petition to U.S. regulators

9:58 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
A safety advocate group has petitioned federal regulators to open an investigation into an estimated 4.9 million Chrysler vehicles for issues that could lead to engine stalls and other problems, according to documents posted online by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration....
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Iowa pulls the plug on Tesla test drives

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Tesla Motors cut short a test-drive event in Iowa earlier this month after state regulators said the electric-vehicle maker was improperly acting as a dealer....
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Ford recalls 850,000 vehicles for glitch affecting airbags, seat belts

10:56 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Ford is recalling 850,050 2013 and 2014 vehicles for an electrical flaw that could cause airbags and seat belt pretensioners to malfunction in the event of a crash. The affected vehicles include the 2013-14 Ford C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ. Ford said the restraints-control module in the vehicles could short circuit, causing the airbag warning indicator to illuminate....
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HANS GREIMEL

Why climate change could stall growth in emerging markets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Auto executives have long salivated over the huge future sales possible in emerging markets. But a new economic forecast says surging greenhouse gases, spurred partly by auto emissions, will throw cold water on that once-anticipated development boom....
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HANS GREIMEL

Why climate change could stall growth in emerging markets

6:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
Auto executives have long salivated over the huge future sales possible in emerging markets as their teeming, upwardly mobile masses migrate from motorbikes to cars. So imagine the irony behind a new economic forecast that says surging greenhouse gases, spurred partly by auto emissions, will throw cold water on that once-anticipated development boom....
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EU orders Germany to stop backing Mercedes' use of banned refrigerant

Sept. 25, 2014 16:00 CET
The EU has ordered Germany to stop backing Mercedes' use of a banned car refrigerant within two months or face court action and possible fines. Mercedes is refusing to use an alternative refrigerant citing safety concerns....
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JIM HENRY

Auto finance industry still paying for past sins

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulators seem to have a caricature of a plaid, polyester sport coat-wearing car salesman in mind when they talk about auto retailing....
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Lotus halts U.S. sales for 2015 model year

3:56 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
Boutique British sports car maker Lotus may be due for a pit stop in the U.S. The only Lotus model sold in the U.S., the Evora, is being dropped for the 2015 model year because it no longer meets U.S. federal crash standards....
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Yazaki will pay $100 million to settle U.S. price-fixing claims

11:40 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
Wire harness market leader Yazaki, which paid the largest federal criminal fine so far in a three-year prosecution of automotive supplier price-fixing, also will shell out the largest civil settlement -- $100 million -- in related settlements....
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California targets zero emission vehicles as Brown signs new laws

1:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown has a moonshot goal for the world's eighth-largest economy as he seeks to lead the global fight against climate change: 1.5 million zero-emission cars on state roads in the next decade....
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THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 21, Feinberg says

1:59 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The number of deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles rose by two last week to 21, according to a report today from a lawyer overseeing a program to compensate victims of accidents caused by the recalled part....
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Barra says GM continues pursuit of 'zero defect mentality'

12:33 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra told an event here today about being the target of Congress -- and "Saturday Night Live" -- and about befriending billionaire Warren Buffett. But she gave little detail on GM's new Cadillac to be built in Detroit....
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Toyota recalling 20,000 vehicles from 2014-15 on potential fuel leak

9:28 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
Toyota said it will recall about 20,000 vehicles from the 2014 and 2015 model years worldwide for possible fuel leaks....
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House bill proposes tougher auto safety rules

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
House Democrats introduced another bill Thursday to toughen federal auto safety laws after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came under more criticism by U.S. lawmakers this week for its handling of the General Motors ignition switch recalls....
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7 Japanese supplier execs indicted in price-fixing scheme

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted seven executives from Japanese auto suppliers Mitsubishi Electric and Hitachi Automotive Systems for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to fix auto parts prices, the Justice Department said today....
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Audi claims first California autonomous driving permit

11:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Volkswagen's Audi unit is the first automaker to receive an autonomous driving permit in California, as new laws in the state governing the process went into effect on Tuesday....
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Tesla argues New Jersey regulators can't stop direct sales

2:06 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Tesla Motors, in a court filing submitted Tuesday, argued that New Jersey regulators have no authority to shut down direct sales at the electric-vehicle maker's stores in the state....
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THE GM RECALL

House report, citing 'critical mistakes,' blasts NHTSA

11:41 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Federal auto safety regulators failed to detect GM's defective ignition switches despite having “ample information” about the problem as early as 2007, according to a House committee investigation into the GM recalls and NHTSA released today....
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Tesla prevails in top Mass. court over direct sales

5:52 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Massachusetts' highest court on Monday threw out a lawsuit seeking to block Tesla from selling its luxury electric cars directly to consumers in the state, enabling it to bypass traditional dealerships....
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U.S. Treasury chief warns China on antitrust probes of foreign companies

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned the Chinese government that a recent spate of antitrust investigations against foreign automakers and other companies could have serious implications for U.S.-China relations....
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European chamber urges China to ease aftermarket rules

Sept. 12, 2014 14:03 CET
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China has urged the nation's government to allow more competition for vehicle aftermarket service as it says current regulations are the "key driver" of the monopoly situation that has led to state probes within the auto industry....
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JIM HENRY

Regulation forecast calls for rain, former CFPB exec says

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Rick Hackett, a former assistant director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau who was the bureau's liaison to the auto finance industry, predicted the bureau would probably unveil a long-awaited rule next week, defining which nonbanks fall under the CFPB's jurisdiction....
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U.S. businesses in China feel targeted

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
China is targeting foreign companies, including automakers and suppliers, with opaque laws and rules, said a group representing U.S. businesses here, Bloomberg reported....
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